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Blair Athol 1988 vW

Overall rating
86.98/100
votes
165
Whiskybase ID
WB52671
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
van Wees (vW)
Bottling serie
The Ultimate
Vintage
21.10.1988
Bottled
10.02.2014
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
6918
Number of bottles
712
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5021944087112
Added on
04 mar 2014 5:39 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 130.00

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165 × member ratings

200 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 1988 vW

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.98 points

  1. Donpistoni scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Blair Athol 1988 from Ultimate are all worth buying!

  2. Pa_G scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This is a sweet one like a sticky toffee pudding but more syrupy sweet.
    Plenty of fruit up front with a little mulled wine spice.
    I really like this one, a very simple profile but it works so well,
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Strong Sherry rises immediately. Pleasantly sweet, so that the saliva production is stimulated immediately. From time to time, a sour red wine sparkles through. I smell caramel and raisin, molasses. Something I have there, I suspect that it is a cask note. Somewhat moldy wood, but only very subliminal. Exhale more than inhale. Could also go towards tobacco. Will after the first sip probably clearer, in which direction it is.
      After the first sip it is rather sulfur for me.
      Interesting, sometimes I smell only the sweet flavors, the other time only the sour wine notes.
      Changes constantly.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sherry; immediately switches from sour wine to sweetness; spicy oak; Nut; Behind it comes the leather note (Wow, I love the leather touch in the whisky); tender bitter, a touch of good espresso (with a nice dark chocolate note)
      again clearly nut; totally mild in the mouth; the mouth is completely covered with aromas.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Delicately bitter; Cinnamon; great oak note, sherry and chocolate; nut again; it lasts a long time. Now it is getting bitter in the mouth (like a bitter nut) but is gone again. Now full board dried fruits; again some cinnamon; Here it changes constantly, which I like very much. You can not catch everything, so the flavors are smashed around your ears
      At the end, only sulfur gets stuck.
      After the third sip, the note covers all tastes (as if it has built up and is now totally dominant)

  5. markfeit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Sweet sherry nose with raisins. Palate is dusty, sawdust, finish with pepper.

  6. Xstream scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose raisins, caramel, ripe fruit, tutti frutti, apple, creamy, vanilla, something spicy that I can not quite place.
    Body is medium thick. Sweetish, caramel, some wood. Finish is more wood, spicy, medium dry. Developed nicely to a slight bitterness.

  7. Falnor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I had another sample of a 1988 vW during a blind tasting session, which was remarkably less sherry cask influenced. I scored that one remarkably lower, perhaps because i could not easily identify what i was tasting. 
    • Nose
      Nice old sherry bomb-like with a twist. So there are the plums, and mocca, and chocolate, and caramel, some furniture polish and some nuts. But this together with a nice pinch of sulphur, and some anise, fennel and even some maggi
    • Taste
      In the mouth it is somewhat more spicy, and more oak present. Also new is some leather and tobacco. Still a nice old layered body of sherry casks, and still this fennel present...
    • Finish
      Bit dry and bitter, with quite some dark chocolate, The sulfur is starting to become a bit annoying now, luckily there is much more in the finish so it doesn't overwhelm.

  9. Koalafant scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blindtasting Whiskyabend # 12 => 89 / 100SID # 280
    • Nose
      Nothing but sherry
    • Taste
      Prune, raisins, some pepper
    • Finish
      Medium long, very slightly bitter

  10. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/blair-athol-19882014-van-wees-the-ultimate-cask-6918-46-vol/

  11. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Delicious. We recommend. Here time is absolutely rewarded.
    • Nose
      Spicy and sweet red wine with strawberries, cherries, hazelnuts and almonds, orange peel, clove and nutmeg, tobacco and milk chocolate
    • Taste
      Quite powerful at 46%, lots of spice, chocolate and wet tobacco, also spicy wood is gradually dominant, light cinnamon note
    • Finish
      Eichiger basic, very spicy, warming - but only on the tongue, elsewhere it is gone quite fast

  12. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. HammerHead scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. puusj scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Delicious sherry bomb. Full of flavor. Sulfuric, fruit, bitterness. Everything. Delicious.

  17. Peter87 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  18. p4blo scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Had high expectations here due to the ratings, but the disappointment is even bigger.
    • Nose
      Sulphur as in the whole box of matches lit up at once. Some rubber, a bit of UHU glue, and below this thick and rather unpleasant layer there is some fruit sweetness.
    • Taste
      Toffee, cocoa, plums, and tons of oak and pepper. Quite enjoyable and complex.
    • Finish
      Quite short, very spicy with cinnamon, ginger, pepper and a bit of smoke.

  19. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    You can imagine what would happen if there wasn't this awful lot of sulphur!

    It would be quite outstanding ... but at the same time to us it was quite inedible too ...

    Tasting with Armin Fuchs.
    • Nose
      sulphur and sulphur, burnt car wheels, matchsticks, rubber, vinegar, from the distance cherries and plums; sweetness, clay, gingerbread, wood, kale, old parquet; from the bottle there is also caramel and chocolate
    • Taste
      old cask, citrus, many fruits, sulphur ... 
    • Finish
      extreme plums, cocoa, citrus, sulphur ...

  20. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    ....  what a pity ...

    have to say: im very sensible about sulphur - and this was too much.
    • Nose
      53 53
    • Taste
      60 60
    • Finish
      80 80

  21. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    An absolute Sulphur bomb!

    Unfortunately:

    because what you can realize behind that false note

    is simply teriffic!

    Old Sherry cask, plums, chocolate, citrus  ...

    What a mess!

  22. peathead scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  23. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting part of BTC 2014. I like it, but it's on the edge of over-maturation and the sulphur level is on the edge of being too high.
    Without knowing I compared it to a dram from my open bottle of cask 6922 and concluded that it was not one of these series. I.e. they're quite different!
    • Nose
      Raisin, apple syrup, leather, toffee, mocha, plum, dark cherry, rhubarb, gooseberry, pepper and light sulphur. Eventually a subtle maltiness, something like a horse stable perhaps.
    • Taste
      Lots of oak. Plum, toffee, leather, raisin, dark chocolate, cherry, mocha, pepper and a little gherkin.
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate, oak, plum, toffee, roasted almond, mocha, pepper and smoke. Again some sulphuric notes that are clearly present but fortunately don't dominate: rhubarb, rubber and gherkin.

  24. thijs100 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Not too impressed with this. It's okay though.
    • Nose
      Some sulphur, but not too overwhelming, but doesn't really add anything. A hint of citrus and plenty of oak. Coffee powder and dark spices. It's also a dusty whisky with a soy aroma.
    • Taste
      Pepper, dark chocolate. Spicy with nutmeg and cloves. Oak again, a bit dry. Adding water makes it even drier and also more spicy.
    • Finish
      A bit short. Dry, spicy, a hint of smoke and some ash.

  25. turfsmurf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Notes based on a blind sample. Sweet, spicy, christmassy. Nice.
    • Nose
      Spicy, caramel, old furniture. A little bit of OBE (metal polish). Becomes more fruity with time with hints of apple pie. Also some soapy hints in the nose.
    • Taste
      Rather sweet, spicy old furniture (what?) again. Slightly metallic. Now the sherry becomes more apparent. A struck match, not unpleasant. After a while the fruitiness grows in the taste as well and tobacco notes appear.
    • Finish
      Very spiced, cinnamon, cardamom. Slightly bitter and metallic. After a while a trace of smoke appears.

  26. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting BTC 2014 - #9
    • Nose
      plums, earthy, sulphur, raisins, honey and orange
    • Taste
      syrup, nutty, creamy, fudge, liquorice and dates
    • Finish
      orange, chocolate, spices and oak

  27. Rossi99 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    just a little bit bitter for me...other than that is pretty good sherried whisky considering by the price!! 

  28. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    For tasting notes see post below!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  29. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is pretty decent stuff. Really well balanced and very mature, yet not too demanding and complex. An easy to drink 25yo Single Malt. Great!
    • Nose
      Overwhelming nose from the beginning. Ripe, squishy grapes and strawberries. Black currant. Rich and strong spiciness. Heavy oak and quite some herbs. Underlined by a hint of peat and sulfer. Surprisingly salty. I have to think of corned beef. 

      Very mature nose. Very well balanced. Quite promising.
    • Taste
      Very smooth and gentle start. A creamy sweetness combinded with a little pepper. Then again smoked, honey glazed ham. Rich oak. Light fruitiness now. 

      Could take some more alcohol in my opinion.
    • Finish
      Medium long finish. Quite some oaky bitterness, but very enjoyable. Lots of spicy oak though. A hint of peat lingers on. 

  30. Bishlouk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Not very complex, but massive and powerful. A very good daily dram sherry.
    • Nose
      Cooked fruits, tobacco, a hint of sulfur (not disturbing), smoked and salted meat.
    • Taste
      The dilution is not perceptible, it is even powerful enough in attack. Very cooked and stewed yellow fruits and smoke in the background.
    • Finish
      Long enough that sticks to the palate.

  31. rdavek scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is one of the best whisky values I have seen in years.  It superbly balances the sherry notes, wood spice, and the underlying distillery character.  Dangerously drinkable at 46% but never feels diluted or thin.  This is truly an under appreciated distillery.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  32. ThS scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A good sherry whisky, a little old fashioned but easy to drink and a relatively mild price given its age and quality.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  33. ThS scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A good sherry whisky, old-fashioned, but easy to drink, and a relatively mild price given its age and quality.
    Sample.
    • Nose
      Very waxy. Dust. Toffee. Citrus. Herbal notes. Very ripe fruits (persimmon, mango). Matchstick struck. Some ancient wood evaporates from the walls after the first sip. The nose deepens with aeration and spreads. Pretty scented notes in the most volatile nose. Relatively slender and straight. Balanced and harmonious set. A beautiful classic sherry nose.
    • Taste
      Greasy, waxy and scented mouth. Medium but sufficient body. Candle. Velvety.
    • Finish
      Wax and acid sulfur (sorry, I do not see anything else). The wood is expressed more here. Suitable length.

  34. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  35. Allandale scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  36. addyhd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

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